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United States Denies Diego Maradona Visa After Trump Comments

  • Maradona barred from U.S. for second time.

    Maradona barred from U.S. for second time. | Photo: EFE

Published 2 February 2018
Opinion

Maradona's lawyer claims the visa was denied because the footballer compared Trump to a popular Argentine puppet. 

The United States has denied iconic football player and United Arab Emirates Al Fujairah’s coach, Diego Armando Maradona, a visa to enter the country after the player called U.S. President Donald Trump a “puppet.”

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During a recent interview with TeleSUR, Maradona was asked about Trump, and he compared the U.S. president to a “chirolita,” a blond Argentine children’s puppet known for his naughtiness and disinhibition. Chirolita was very popular throughout the seventies and eighties in Argentina and Latin America. The term has been used in modern times, however, an insult in Argentina that refers to people who are under the orders of others like a puppet.

“When we were about to get the visa, Diego said Donald Trump is a chirolita. So imagine that the request was in the basement of the Embassy,” Maradona’s lawyer Matías Morla said during an interview, claiming he asked his client to avoid speaking about the U.S.

"I told him: 'Diego, please do not talk about the United States because, as the interview was for TeleSUR, I knew that the thing would come around, and the second question was: 'What do you think of Donald Trump?' and he replied: 'Donald Trump is a chirolita.'

LEFT: Ricardo Gamero, stage name Mister Chasman, with a 'Chirolita.' RIGHT: United States President Donald Trump.

Maradona was attempting to enter the U.S. to attend a civil case he started against his former wife, Claudia Villafañe, for purchasing properties using her maiden name while still married to the footballer, but was unable to do so.

This is not the first time the U.S. denied the soccer star entry to the country. The first time came shortly after he was expelled from the 1994 U.S. World Cup for doping.

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